The Atlanta Braves home opener on April 8 will give fans the opportunity to honor Braves great, Hank Aaron. A pregame ceremony will commemorate Aaron’s April 8, 1974 home run that broke Babe Ruth’s 714 career home run record.
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Fans have been asked by the Braves to arrive at the game by 6:30 p.m. so they don’t miss any of the festivities. Many special guests are expected and the Braves promise there will be “surprises.”
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After the season-ending elbow injuries to Medlen and Beachy, Braves fans stomachs probably tighten up when they hear “surprises” and “Braves” in the same sentence.
Kristian Bush, half of Sugarland, will be performing a concert before the game in the Fan Plaza and will also sing the National Anthem. Just a guess, but I think we can assume that Timothy Miller will be there in the seventh inning to once again belt out “God Bless America.”
Quick reflection on Hank Aaron…
Hank Aaron was my hero growing up in Milwaukee. I wore number 44 during my high school athletic career ’cause of Aaron. With all Hank’s great accomplishments on the field, what I remember most is when he returned to Milwaukee as a Brewer in 1974.
I arrived early at Milwaukee County Stadium on Opening Day that season to help welcome Hank back. While walking on the course, I was passed by Aaron and two security guards…and Aaron’s pack of cigarettes in his front pocket. No one will ever accuse cigarettes of enhancing an athlete’s performance.
The first 45,000 fans to enter the stadium will receiver a Hank Aaron commemorative poster, compliments of Sun Trust.